The Enemy at Home

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The Enemy at Home by O'Brien, Kevin, 9781496738509
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  • ISBN: 9781496738509 | 1496738500
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/22/2023

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As WWII rages overseas, a serial killer preys on women working in Seattle’s factories in this provocative blend of vivid, richly detailed historical fiction and taut suspense from New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Brien.

"A sweeping, addictive story of bravery and sacrifice…Authentic period detail creates a suspenseful, chilling atmosphere in this grand historical novel." –Susan Wiggs, # 1 New York Times bestselling author

“Fast-paced, suspenseful, and intriguing…Super enjoyable.” –Elizabeth George, # 1 New York Times bestselling author

“A compulsively unputdownable, keep-you-guessing-to-the-end, pages-flying whodunit. Packed with compelling, complicated characters in a fascinating and meticulously-researched time and place.” –Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is

1943, Seattle. While raging war reshapes the landscape of Europe, its impact is felt thousands of miles away too. Before the war, Nora Kinney was one of countless housewives and mothers in her comfortable Capitol Hill neighborhood. Now, with her doctor husband stationed in North Africa, Nora feels compelled to do more than tend her victory garden or help with scrap metal drives . . .

At the Boeing B-17 plant, Nora learns to wield a heavy riveting gun amid the deafening noise of the assembly line—a real-life counterpart to “Rosie the Riveter” in the recruitment posters. Yet while the country desperately needs their help, not everyone is happy about “all these women” taking over men’s jobs. Nora worries that she is neglecting her children, especially her withdrawn teenage son. But amid this turmoil, a sinister tragedy occurs: One of Nora’s coworkers is found strangled in her apartment, dressed in an apron, with a lipstick smile smeared on her face.

It’s the beginning of a terrifying pattern, as women war-plant workers like Nora are targeted throughout Seattle and murdered in the same ritualistic manner. And eclipsing Nora’s fear for her safety is her secret, growing conviction that she and the killer are connected—and that the haven that was her home has become her own personal battlefield . . .

“Nobody writes suspense better than Kevin O’Brien. Read The Enemy at Home, but do so with the lights on.” –Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

“The curves in the plot kept me reading late into the night (while checking the locks on my doors!).” –Erica Bauermeister, New York Times bestselling author of No Two Persons
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